Community Conversations: Where There’s Smoke, There Could Be Cancer

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CLOVIA FAN PAGE PIC OCT 28 2013

I am Miss Community Clooovia welcoming you to another edition of Community Conversations. The show broadcasts on Saturdays at 6am on Praise 104. 7 Fm and 9am on 99.3/105.7 Kiss Fm. Also, listen to Community Conversations on Sundays at 8am on iPower 92.1 Fm. Or, live stream at www.kissrichmond.com, www.praiserichmond.com and www.ipowerrichmond.com

Community Conversations and its powerful guests discuss issues of concerns to our community and lifestyle. From politics, healthcare, social media, justice to education. If it impacts our community, I am talking about it and bringing solutions with my guests experts. Past guests have included, but not limited to, President Barack Obama, Governors- Bob McDonnell, Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, L Douglas Wilder, Dr. Cornell West, Tavis Smiley, First Lady Michelle Obama, Fitness Guru Donna Richardson-Joyner, Comedian Chris Rock, Comedian Sheryl Underwood, and Actress Angela Bassett.

According to the VCU Medical Center “Where there’s smoke, there could be cancer” talk to your doctor about a lung scan.

Dr. Mark S. Parker is professor, Diagnostic Radiology and Internal Medicine with the VCU Medical Center. November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month and I had several questions for the DOC about lung cancer, symptoms and prevention.

What is lung cancer and how common is it? Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. It is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States. In the United States alone, lung cancer is a expected to claim more than 160,000 lives in 2012 in this country alone. And, I thought the leading cancers in both men and women were breast cancer and prostate cancer.

How do I know if I am at risk for lung cancer? People with a history of cigarette smoking have a high risk of lung cancer. There are more than 94 million current and former smokers in the United States. The more cigarettes you smoke per day and the earlier you started smoking, the greater your risk of possible lung cancer. High levels of pollution, radiation and asbestos exposure may also increase your risk.

What is the benefit of the lung cancer screening? One of the keys to more successful treatment of lung cancer is the early detection of the disease. Often, lung cancer is detected in its later stages, when it has compromised the function of one or more vital organs and has spread throughout the body.

How do I know if I should undergo lung cancer screening? The VCU Medical Center will offer free lung cancer screenings for those who qualify for a limited time this month. Dr Parker will answer questions centered around lung cancer and the lung cancer scan with the low-dose chest ct on Saturday’s Community Conversations with Miss Community Clooovia

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